Alternative methods of microorganism disruption for agricultural applications

Yusaf, Talal and Al-Juboori, Raed A. (2014) Alternative methods of microorganism disruption for agricultural applications. Applied Energy, 114. pp. 909-923. ISSN 0306-2619


This paper reviews various non-conventional techniques for microorganism disruption. Microorganism disruption plays a pivotal role in various agricultural applications such as disinfection of irrigation water, processing of crops and livestock products and the newly emerging area of bioenergy production for agricultural uses. Methods of treatment to destroy microorganisms for the purposes of disinfection or extraction of bio-products can be generally categorized as either thermal treatment methods or non-thermal treatment methods. The thermal methods for microbial disruption are not favorable in many applications such as food processing and water treatment due to its negative impact on product quality and process performance. The discussion of thermal methods for microorganism disruption will not be included in this review. Non-thermal treatments are divided into two groups; chemical and physical treatments. Owing to the concerns of the health organisations with regards to the use of chemical methods for microorganism disruption, the recent research efforts have been directed towards exploring alternative physical methods for rupturing microorganisms. The common alternative physical methods for microorganism disruption include mechanical and non-mechanical treatments. This paper discusses in details the use of the common mechanical treatments for cell disintegration. Such methods include ultrasound, shock wave, High Pressure Homogenization (HPH), Hydrodynamic Cavitation (HC), shear stress, bead milling and micro-fluidizer. The application of the non-mechanical methods for microbial disruption such as electrical treatment, non-thermal plasma, Ultra-Violet (UV), non-conventional chemical methods and some other treatments are also briefly addressed in this paper. Due to the importance of the mechanical methods in the current cell disruption research, more attention is directed to these methods in this work.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Published online 26 Sep 2013. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 23:03
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 05:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture applications; mechanical methods; microbe disruption; thermal; water
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology > 100199 Agricultural Biotechnology not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060103 Cell Development, Proliferation and Death
10 Technology > 1003 Industrial Biotechnology > 100305 Industrial Microbiology (incl. Biofeedstocks)
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3001 Agricultural biotechnology > 300199 Agricultural biotechnology not elsewhere classified
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3101 Biochemistry and cell biology > 310102 Cell development, proliferation and death
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3106 Industrial biotechnology > 310605 Industrial microbiology (incl. biofeedstocks)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961103 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use)
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